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The Art Shop presents works from Renowned Local Artists

Acquire a piece of original art from the multitude of renowned local artists that include:
Paul Chester • Edwin Matthews • David Kerr • Kristina Billinger • Pam Buckler • David Hickey • Rene O’Connor • Sandra Sturley and more! Read about them below or contact us for more information.

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Kristina Billinger

As a child, I would sit for hours looking through the Tom Thomson coffee table book in my parent’s living room. The iconic pieces that Tom Thomson and The Group of Seven painted in the early 20th century captured the Canadian landscape, unlike any other artists before them. They still to this day remind me of the landscapes where we camped when I was young and where I’ve returned with my family to enjoy summer vacations. The Group of Seven and Tom Thomson have inspired many artists, including myself, who wish to capture Canada’s raw beauty in a bold, colourful and contemporary impressionistic style.

Pam Buckler

Pam Buckler needs to go no further than the Kawartha Lakes area to get inspiration for her artwork of lake scenes and local landmarks.

Painting in acrylics, but using the watercolour techniques on paper, Pam specializes in cottage/home renditions and takes commissions. She also likes to use pen and ink, then adding colour for some of her artwork and offers full classes in Peterborough.

Cottage Commissions by Pam Buckler

Paul Chester

Inspired by the horizons, water scenes and rolling hills that surround his studio in Southeastern Ontario, the contemporary paintings of Paul Chester portray peaceful settings in the natural landscape: metaphors for the passage of time.

David Goyette

David Goyette is a visual artist located in Lakefield, Ontario.

His work is influenced primarily by the New York School of abstract expressionism of the 1950s and 1960s, and the later practitioners of lyrical abstraction. He is an admirer of colour field abstraction and cites his influences as Robert Motherwell, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, James Brooks, Jean-Paul Riopelle, Helen Frankenthaler, Hans Hofmann, Theodoros Stamos and Gerhard Richter.

His work focuses on large scale acrylic abstract paintings that celebrate the drama of colour. David typically begins the creative process with a feeling for colour and a basic sense of composition. From that point on, the process is largely free form and it informs David as much as he does it.

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David Hickey

Early in my career I movedto Rhode Island where I developed and directed agallery whose goal was to teachart toadults with special needs. During thisperiod of fifteen years I exhibited my work throughout New England, in particular Boston and Providence, R.I.Through a mentorship in metal work and a jewelry course at the Rhode Island School of Design my skill in working with metal was developed.In 2004, I moved back to Ontario to pursue art as my full time profession.Growing upin the Kawarthas with it’smany lakes and forests hasinfluenced my work. Manyof my pieces reflect thelandscape that is so much apart of our Canadian heritage.

Edwin Matthews

Edwin began his career with four wonderful years as an apprentice to the late A.J. Casson of the famous “Group of Seven” Canadian painters.

A prolific painter in watercolours, acrylics and oils, Edwin’s paintings have a ‘painted quality’ unlike super realism painters whose paintings have photographic details. Edwin’s paintings sparkle with his portrayal of the beauty and contrasts of the Ontario landscape which is his favourite subject. Edwin fell in love with painting the ‘rugged rock’ Newfoundland and the great scenery of the Gaspe as well as the North Shore of Lake Superior where he completed hundreds of pencil sketches waiting to become full paintings.

Edwin’s paintings proudly hang in such corporations as The Ford Motor Company, E.B. Eddy Company, Lake Ontario Steel, General Foods, Canadian General Electric, Heritage Life, The Mennen Company, Xerox, Stevenson-Kellogg, as well as in 16 Canadian Consulates in foreign countries.

The prestigious ‘Buckhorn Wildlife Festival’ was originated by Edwin and his wife Barbara.

Limited edition prints available!

A limited edition Giclee Print on canvas of “Blowing from the West” is now available exclusively at The Art Shop in Lakefield. We are honoured to showcase the remainder of Edwin’s collection, which includes originals, artists’ proofs and limited edition prints.

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Rene O'Connor

Rene’s move to Peterborough County in 1985 prompted the work to shift in subject from urban to rural reflecting the weighty power of nature in line, shadow, and colour. Her COTTAGE LIVING series informs the viewer of the disappearing heritage of rural Ontario. Images of sun-bathed cottages and cedar-strip canoes amidst water lilies and vast open skies became her trademark.

Rene’s work is inspired by travel, but her heart is in the Kawarthas and this is reflected in her passionate pursuit daily. Fluidity and luminous colour are her trademarks.

Sandra Sturley

Sandra Sturley, Artist, Teacher, Realistic Painting; Oil and Water, born in Vancouver, B.C. and raised in Ontario, her art training was in British Columbia.

New Artists

The Art Shop is going avant garde by spicing things up with the introduction of “The Ascenio Collection of Fine Art Prints” an exciting new series by internationally acclaimed artist Henry Asencio, a California contemporary painter.

The Art Shop is proud to present new offerings by internationally acclaimed artists whose works are exhibited and collected worldwide. To view additional images visit www.naturesscene.com